New York Tourism App I Love NY Launches on Google Play

New York Tourism App I Love NY Launches on Google Play

Jan 24, 2015

Folks looking to see the sights in The Empire State have a new, mobile tool in their arsenal: the I Love NY app, which just launched on Google Play.

The new app provides details on thousands of attractions that folks can see while visiting or traipsing around New York State.

Per the app detail page:

· Dozens of curated adventures will take you to the most amazing sites in every corner of New York State
· A simple step-by-step concierge function helps you quickly find the perfect travel itinerary for you
· Find hundreds of unique events and save them to your device’s calendar app
· Discover places to go near your current location and apply filters to find the things you love
· Find maps to help you navigate your way to places to stay, food & drink locations, and attractions
· Stay informed with location-based alerts for top destinations
· Learn more about New York’s 11 vacation region guides
· Plan your trip by saving and sharing your favorites with family and friends
· Find phone numbers and the official website link for each attraction, restaurant, and accommodation for easy booking

The app is available now, and is free on the Play Store.

YouTube Adds Homepage Tweaks via Update

YouTube Adds Homepage Tweaks via Update

Jan 23, 2015

Google is hard at work improving its core Android apps; YouTube is getting an update that is rolling out currently.

Per the app page:

It’s easier than ever to find new music and rock out to old favorites on YouTube. Discover songs and artists on a music homepage made just for you. Listen to an endless YouTube Mix inspired by your favorite song or artist. Play albums fast – right from search.

YouTube remains free on the Play Store.

[Source: Google Play Store Page]

Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures Collaborate to Bring Movie-Inspired SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run to Android

Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures Collaborate to Bring Movie-Inspired SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run to Android

Jan 23, 2015

If Bikini Bottom is where you’d go if you won the Super Bowl, this news is for you: SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run is out on Android!

The new game is based on the movie SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water! (due out on February 6th), and brings the best of SpongeBob, his cronies, rivals, and more to life on the mobile screen.

Play the brand-new SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run based on the new SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water!
SpongeBob and Plankton are in a race to find the lost Krabby Patty formula somewhere in Bikini Bottom, Apocalyptic Bikini Bottom and a real-world beach. When he’s not running, SpongeBob is flying, floating in a bubble, or has Plankton jumping around his surreal imagination. And when the running gets tough, the tough get heroic! SpongeBob becomes Super SpongeBob to knock through any obstacle in his way!
EXPERIENCE BIKINI BOTTOM
• Laugh at hilarious dialog between SpongeBob and his arch-rival Plankton
• Run through iconic locations including Bikini Bottom, Apocalyptic Bikini Bottom and out of water on a beach
• Customize SpongeBob with unique costumes
• Plankton helps SpongeBob with power-ups like shields and magnets
• Become Super SpongeBob and knock everything out of SpongeBob’s path!
UNEXPECTED TWISTS
• Drive the Patty Wagon!!!
• Adventure off the beaten path:
→ Float SpongeBob in a bubble through a coral forest
→ Jump Plankton through SpongeBob’s imagination
→ Plankton’s jetpack speeds past obstacles
• Run farther than your friends! Compare distance and scores after your run
• Custom animation and voice-overs with SpongeBob and Plankton created just for this game!

The game costs $3.99 (with additional optional in-app purchases) on the Play Store; we look forward to publishing our review shortly.

[Source: SpongeBob Movie Website]

Chrome Browser Update Brings Lollipop Enhancements and More

Chrome Browser Update Brings Lollipop Enhancements and More

Jan 23, 2015

Google’s Chrome Browser has an update rolling out, and it brings some key enhancements.

What’s New
• Easier site permission management
• Updates for Android 5.0 Lollipop
• Lots of bug fixes!

Chrome remains free on the Play Store.

[Source: Google Play Page]

King of Dragon Pass Makes is Way to Humble Bundle 10

King of Dragon Pass Makes is Way to Humble Bundle 10

Jan 22, 2015

Add this to the “awesome news” category…

HeroCraft’s King of Dragon Pass is now a part of Humble Bundle 10. This means that if one pays more than the average ($3.91 at the time of writing), one can get King of Dragon Pass and at least five more premium Android titles.

King of Dragon Pass is a mystical RPG; it is regularly priced $9.99 on the Play Store.

Some features of the game are:

- One of the Top 100 best mobile games of all time (Metacritic);
– Epic saga of conflict, mythology and community;
– Immensely replayable;
– Hand-painted artwork;
– Interactive story with an ultimate level of complexity.

Humble Bundle remains a phenomenal value that allows users to pay what they want to get select apps. The current promotion runs from now through February 1st, 2015.

A purchase link is provided below.

[Source: HeroCraft Press Release and Humble Bundle]

Google+ Update Brings Post Pinning, Low Bandwidth Mode and More

Google+ Update Brings Post Pinning, Low Bandwidth Mode and More

Jan 22, 2015

Google+ is geting a few new features by way of an update rolling out now.

The new build brings:

• Pin posts to the top of your profile or page
• Low bandwidth mode
• Performance improvements and bug fixes

The update is rolling out now; Google+ remains free on the Play Store.

Perishtronic Studios Releases Spinner: The Game

Perishtronic Studios Releases Spinner: The Game

Jan 22, 2015

Yep!

There’s a new game in town — called Spinner: The Game — and it’s here courtesy of Perishtronic Studios.

The game clearly has an arcade bent, and makes great use of colors and geometry.

Per the Google Play page:

Spinner: The Game is a techno arcade experience that will test your skills and overwhelm you with weeks of procrastination.
** Three endless levels with progressive difficulty.
** A vibrant soundtrack that imprints each of the levels with a unique atmosphere.
** Complete statistics of the progress
** Leaderboards
** More than 40 achievements
** Hours of entertainment

The game is available for free (with in app purchases) on the Play Store.

[Source: Perishtronic Press release and Google Play]

CES Award-Winning App uCIC Launches on Google Play

CES Award-Winning App uCIC Launches on Google Play

Jan 22, 2015

Snapwise has just launched uCIC, a location-based photo assistance app that generated plenty of positive feedback at CES.

Description
Location-based photo assistance offered by uCiC users in response to queries.
uCiC allows you to post requests of photographs you need, and other users can respond to you right away! Looking for real-time information about places, events and things that matter to you? Wouldn’t you love it if the information you’re looking for came directly to you, without having to hunt for it or filter through endless clutter?
With uCiC, you can find out what’s currently happening at any particular location worldwide while cutting through the noise and gaining direct access to real-time images posted by fellow uCiC users in response to your queries. There’s nothing like receiving timely assistance from ‘locals’!
————–Here’s how uCiC works: ————–
• Select a point of interest on the map
• View all the active users within the chosen radius anonymously
• Type in your request and it gets sent to all active users there as a push notification
• Users can choose to respond to the push notification by taking a pic and sending it back
• Earn Karma points for helping others with their photo requests
• Use the Karma points to create new requests
uCiC is a human network, a local guide of sorts, which facilitates the transparent sharing of queries and snaps, without swamping you with information you don’t require. So you receive precise visual answers to your questions, get to see only what you want to, and enjoy a relevant and focused experience. uCiC can help you make quick decisions, make comparisons and receive the latest information and updates, and learn more about whatever you want to.

UCIC is available for free on the Play Store.

[Source: Press Release and Google Play page]

WW2: Sandbox. Strategy&Tactics Gets Major Update, Adds Navy and More

WW2: Sandbox. Strategy&Tactics Gets Major Update, Adds Navy and More

Jan 22, 2015

HeroCraft’s strategy adventure WW2: Sandbox. Strategy&Tactics has just received a big update, and it packs a punch.

According to the press release, new features include:

1. We’ve added the Navy!
– New gameplay element: Addition of the naval branch of the armed forces has dramatically changed the nature of the conflict.
– More opportunities for defense, offensive action, and conquest.
– Take control of naval routes and landing operations.
– 4 types of ships:
++ Battleship – a veritable behemoth that bombards the coastline to weaken the enemy’s defenses.
++ Cruiser – a powerful multifunctional ship.
++ Submarine – perfect for hunting down the enemy fleet.
++ Destroyer – an affordable multi-purpose ship.
2. We’ve changed the Air Force balance, making air raids even more devastating!
3. By popular demand, we’ve removed the limit on new games and restarts. Play your favorite strategy without limits! Those of you who had unlocked unlimited new games will get 1000 bonus resources in this update (for Android version).

WW2: Sandbox. Strategy&Tactics remains free (with in-app purchases) on the Play Store.

Cards and Castles to Feature New Content Update at PAX South

Cards and Castles to Feature New Content Update at PAX South

Jan 21, 2015

Fans of collectible card strategy Cards and Castle will be glad to know that a new content update will be featured at PAX South this week.

From the press release:

Hot off the heels of the “Doorway to Madness” update—and after a very successful 2014—Cards and Castles developer Bit Mass will be featuring its latest content update, “The Ancient Hero Returns,” at PAX South later this week. Attendees will be able to chat with creator Matt Siegel and play the game on the show floor!

Cards and Castles, which launched on iOS and Android devices in April 2014, is the first title developed by indie studio Bit Mass. A novel approach to collectible card games (CCGs), Cards and Castles adds grid-based strategy gameplay and a number of formidable factions (Vikings, Crusaders, Warlocks, Pirates, or Ninjas) to keep things interesting. The game now boasts more than 400,000 downloads worldwide.

PAX South is the first iteration of the acclaimed gaming event in the southern end of the US. It is taking place in San Antonio, Texas, from January 23rd to 25th, 2015.

The trailer is below:

[Source: Bit Mass Press Release]

Anuman Offers Price Discount on Select Games

Anuman Offers Price Discount on Select Games

Jan 21, 2015

Anuman Interactive is going big with some major game discounts for some titles on Google Play and Amazon Appstore.

The games (with embedded links) are:

Les Misérables : Cosette’s Fate on Google Play ($4.99 to $0.99)

Les Misérables : Cosette’s Fate on Amazon Appstore ($3.99 to $0.99)

Les Misérables : Jean Valjean on Google Play ($4.99 to $0.99)

Les Misérables : Jean Valjean on Amazon Appstore ($4.49 to $0.99)

The Princess case : Wedding Scandal in Monaco on Google Play from ($4.99 to $0.99)

The Princess case : Wedding Scandal in Monaco on Amazon Appstore ($4.49 to $0.99)

Missy Mila – Hidden Princess on Google Play ($2.99 to $0.99)

Missy Mila – Hidden Princess on Amazon Appstore ($2.99 to $0.99)

While mommy is at work on Google Play ($2.99 to $0.99)

While mommy is at work on Amazon Appstore ($2.99 to $0.99)

Little Hero : Super-Hero on Google Play ($2.99 to $0.99)

There isn’t any word on how long the sale will go, so grab these while they’re hot!

Looking to Watch the State of the Union Live? Check out YouTube.

Looking to Watch the State of the Union Live? Check out YouTube.

Jan 20, 2015

For those looking to dial in on the President’s annual State of the Union address, there is yet another online/mobile option: YouTube.

Starting at 9 PM ET tonight, folks with internet access can navigate to the White House YouTube Channel to access the address live. That means folks on Android devices with access to the YouTube app and/or YouTube.com can watch and listen President Obama give his remarks.

The White House Channel also serves as a public-facing interaction tool. It highlights life and work in the White House, with access to press briefings, weekly addresses, “raw video” and a whole lot more. It gives interested parties a view of presidential happenings, and even includes information from and about the first family.

There is also an interesting “Catching up with the Curator” series available.

The link (and actual video feed) is shown below. The Android YouTube app is available for free on Google Play.

[Source: AndroidCentral and White House Youtube Channel]